Springtime Brings Playtime

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 11, 2017

Little feet are delicate and require more love and care than big feet. It is true that children’s feet are different from those of adults because they are actively growing and developing. Their foot problems should be brought to a doctor’s attention and  Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center understands the needs of our children’s feet. 

  • Flat feet pain with children is a common concern that many parents have with their children’s health. Lack of an arch in the foot can cause significant problems but can be monitored to see if they grow out of it. In the interim the child should wear arch support shoes to ensure the foot develops away from the conditions of flat feet.
  • In-toeing and Out-toeing for children should be treated under the super vision of a podiatrist who specializes in children’s foot care.  An appointment early on is vital to correcting this situation.  
  • Foot deformities are more medically involved and may be corrected with proper shoes or braces. Some foot deformities can be caused by cerebral palsy, polio, muscular dystrophy or club foot.  Again, a podiatrist should be consulted from the onset. 

When the warm weather comes and the kids hit the playground we can’t always keep an eye on them 100% of the time. They are active and swift plus fearless and sometimes reckless. But we can keep their safety a priority by visiting our doctor for routine checkups. We tend to overlook podiatry as a preventative health measure and forget that our feet take us everywhere our body needs to go.

  • Heel pain is common with children who play soccer and basketball but can also effect those children who play hard all day. Heel pain that is more sever is known as Sever’s disease and mostly occurs in children between the age of 8 – 14. Both boys and girls are equally susceptible to the disease. The pain happens where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone but the first sign is when your child starts rubbing their heels with their fingers at games or practices. 

We do tend to watch our children when outdoors to make sure they do not wonder off with a stranger or fall head first into the slide but the subtle signs of recurring pain should be addressed too. If your child is showing any signs of foot or ankle discomfort or pain call us at 989-790-8009 and schedule a visit. We are conveniently located in Saginaw and Essexville for your convenience. There is no room for pain at the field or the playground!

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